Brockton High Wind Ensemble Wins 1st Place At WorldStrides Festival

Photo: Kim Tunnicliffe (WBZ NewsRadio)

BROCKTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Brockton High School Wind Ensemble are playing a happy tune after winning first place in the WorldStrides Heritage Festival in Philadelphia last month.

The band performed three songs for a group of judges at the city's Metropolitan Opera House on Saturday, April 22. They received a score of 96.7 out of 100, earning them the top spot amongst the other schools competing in the festival.

"It was pretty nerve-wracking, but, like, exciting at the same time," 12th grader Faith told WBZ Newsradio.

"It’s an experience not a lot of people get to do," said fellow senior Peyton. "It just meant a lot."

At the awards ceremony that night, the ensemble not only took home first place, but also won the Outstanding Band Award, the Adjudication Award, and were invited to next year's Gold Showcase located in either Nashville or San Francisco.

"It made me really proud because these kids didn’t get a lot in the last three years," band director Kevin Kardel said. "We were virtual for a year and a half and kept the band program going. It’s a testament to how hard these kids worked."

WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.

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